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's 85. spokespersons for the vatican says the pope cited his advanced age and felt keno longer fulfill his responsibilities. german cardinal joseph ratzinger became pope in 2405. he was the oldest person to become the pontiff. he strongly opposed birth control but embraced new forms of communication and joined twitter. he faced a string of challenges from sexual abuse scandals involving members of clergy to an investigation of money laundering in vatican city. a court convicted his former butler of stealing and leaking classified documents that pointed to corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. pope benedict is the first to quit in nearly 600 years. senior members of the catholic church will start planning their conclave, the meeting they hold to choose a successor. catholics make up a small portion of the japanese population, still, they have been surprised by the pope's resignation. peter tekao okeda became archbishop in japan, has visited the vatican twice and was shot when he heard about the resignation. >> translator: i coul
final public audience at st. peter's square in the vatican. the outgoing pope made his last public appearance on wednesday morning, one day before his resignation. 50,000 tickets were given out to see the pope make his farewell. but tens of thousands more followers were estimated to be in attendance. he is resigning due to old age and poor health. the pontiff bid farewell to followers in the square from his popemobile before making his speech. he said to love the church also means to have the courage to make difficult, painful decisions. there has been no papal resignation since 1415. the outgoing pope will leave the vatican by helicopter on thursday after bidding farewell to the cardinals. >>> police in switzerland are investigating a deadly workplace shooting. it happened at a wood processing company near the city of lucerne. at least three people were killed and several others are wounded. the incident occurred 9:00 wednesday morning. police say the shooter and two employees died. local media say seven people were injured, four of them seriously. investigators are trying to iden
spent time with them. vatican officials say the cardinals will meet in early march to set the date for a conclave to elect a new pope. benedict xvi is resigning because of old age and poor health. no pope has done that since 1415. he is scheduled to fly by helicopter to the papal retreat in a suburb of rome. his resignation goes into effect at 8:00 p.m. local time. >>> weather authorities are urging residents of beijing and surrounding areas to avoid any outdoor activities. people have been struggling with polluted air for months now. cars and factories have spewed out tiny particles. known as pm2.5. weather officials warn levels of the pollutants are 10 to 20 times above world health organization guidelines. that's left people in beijing and neighboring hebei province in a fog. >> translator: it must be very hazardous for my skin and lungs. i bought a lot of masks. >> airlines have canceled many domestic flights at airports in hebei province because pilots can't see through the haze. >>> south korean defense ministry officials have warned that north korea is likely to conduct a la
and will leave the post at the end of the month. he's 85 years old. spokesperson for the vatican say the pope cited his advanced age whether he announced his decision and said he felt he could no longer fulfill his responsibilities. cardinal joseph ratzinger was 78 years old when he became pope in 2005 followi death of pope john paul ii. he was the first german to take over the role since the 11th century. pope benedict faced a string of challenges during his term from sexual abuse scandals involving members of the clergy to an investigation into money laundering in vatican city. in addition, a court convicted his former butler last year of stealing and leaking classified documents that alleged corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. they usually die in the job. top members of the catholic church will now start planning their conclave. the meeting they hold to choose a successor. >>> u.s. and south korean marines have given reporters a glimpse of their first joint winter drills. the marines started training together last week in the sou
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